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Nollywood signs deal with Cinema of France on movie distribution

Nollywood signs deal: The Nigerian Movie Industry, Nollywood through it’s representative, the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) had signed an agreement with the Cinema of France, represented by the Alliance Francaise to showcase and distribute the two countries movies through the “French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference.”

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Nolly Library gathered that, the agreement between the two movie industries will also see leading Nigerian distributors collaborating with big-time French distributors.

Obviously this is not a surprise to movie practitioners, who had been enjoying professional romance with the Cinema of France as the 2018 edition of the African Film International Festival had huge input from the French community with a day of the week-long festival dedicated to French films.

Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of the board and Arnand Durnon, Director of the Institue Francaise signed the agreement on behalf of the two organisations.

The agreement however was signed during a courtesy visit at the Headquarters of the NFVCB on Tuesday in Abuja by the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier.

Nollywood signs deal

On behalf of the two industries, the Executive Director of NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas and Arnand Durnon, and Director of the Institue Francaise signed the agreement.

According to Thomas, the collaboration was to present a platform where investors, producers, distributors and other stakeholders in the motion picture industries of both countries could meet for mutually beneficial deals.

He reiterated that the collaboration will encourage and promote the distribution of Nollywood movies in France.

Thomas stated further that both parties have conceived ‘French-Nigerian Cinema Days’, to screen and showcase the two countries movies, as part of the distribution conference scheduled to hold later in the year.

“Our Nigerian distributors would be more than happy to collaborate with big time French distributors such as Pathe, Studiocan and Bacfilms as planned in the coming collaboration conference.

“The French distributors take delight in releasing movies from many different nationalities, whether big or small, as it is their belief that the French moviegoers love movies from around the world.

“France prides itself as a country of moviegoers with over 5,000 screens, while in Nigeria, we are proud to say that we have achieved 200 screens, from 39 in the last two years.

“Its film industry is acclaimed to be living ‘La vie en rose’ (life in roses), that its Nigerian counterpart would love to attain,”

“Let me not pretend that all is well with the industry as we have serious piracy issue in Nigeria, though piracy is not directly within the regulatory purview of the NFVCB.”

“Secondly, with the pervasive nature of ICT, online distribution/exhibition of movies has created regulatory nightmare for us at the NFVCB.

“France, no doubt, has experience in handling these issues and we therefore solicit technical support from you in tackling these issues,”

Mr Pasquier, expressed his happiness saying, the partnership was a common ground for both countries to grow their film industries and also strengthen bilateral relations.

“The film industries in France and Nigeria are contributing a lot to their economies, and this agreement will further present opportunities for both countries.

“The film industries in France and Nigeria are contributing a lot to their economies, and this agreement will further present opportunities for both countries.

“This will bring better relationships, not just between the two countries government, but between their citizens as well.

“Private investors of both countries will sure benefit from this collaboration, in terms of investment in distributions and marketing of films,” he said.

Recall that Nigerian filmmakers led by Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani and Femi Odugbemi have had dealings with the Cinema of France in the past.

Nollywood signs deal

With over 5,000 screens catering for French cinematic audience, Nollywood stands a better chance to reach a wider audience. Reciprocating the gesture, Nigeria’s 200 cinema screens will also be showcasing some of the best productions to come out of Cinema of France.

Nollywood signs deal



Updated: April 24, 2019 — 6:38 pm

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